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NOTES FROM THE GAME VS VILLARREAL

10 May 2016
The regularity finally showed up and Depor had its best game on the second round. Manu won his first game at Primera after Víctor’s 4-1-4-1 lineup fitted perfectly into the game.

The five notes from the game at El Madrigal:

1- Regularity: This was the most complete game of Deportivo in the second round. The team kept the same intensity and level within the 90 minutes, something that rarely occurred in the second round in liga. Perhaps the only exception was the home game with Valencia CF (January 24), in that opportunity the team only lowered the concentration in the stoppage time and it cost to drop two points due to the equalizer from Negredo.

In past weeks, coach Víctor Sánchez was pointing out to the irregularity of his men during the games, at times they were playing good football, but suddenly they were out of focus and the team ended showing that grey impression characteristic of the second round, and what was killing the team was to not seize the good moments scoring goals and later allow them in the low points. At El Madrigal, Depor were the same from minute one and until the final whistle, always knowing what to do and never giving the impression that Villarreal were in control of the actions despite they were higher at the standings and playing at their stadium.

2- Víctor was right with the draw: The 4-1-4-1 in the starting formation caused some surprises among reporters, and it ended like the perfect strategy for the game. Álex was the lonely centre midfielder with the mission of blocking the game of Bruno Soriano and his lack of offensive contribution was a real problem to Villarreal. Bruno was the player on the field that made more touches (111), but normally was making short passes due to the mark of Álex, so the local outfit was forced to bet in long passes searching for the wings in order to create danger.

Also, Luis Alberto turned to be a real menace playing on the left wing, while the contribution of Fajr grew with the Moroccan playing at the centre. Both movements were consequences of the new draw. Even Juanfran, after all the polemic situation with the absence of Luisinho, looked pretty comfortable acting as a left-back. 

3- Pedro Mosquera & Fajr: The duo Pedro Mosquera-Fayçal Fajr had a great game performing as playmakers. Truly they were constantly moving back to the defensive half, which at times turned the draw into a 4-3-3, but they seemed comfortable with the situation.

Mosquera was the offensive player with more touches on the field (50) and made a couple of good assists that almost end in a goal, like the long pass searching for Lucas that the striker missed (28’). Meanwhile, Fajr was more participative in attack and completed 3 of the 8 shots made by Depor, including the spectacular shot in the first goal.

4- First Primera win for Manu: It seems incredible, but it was a real stat: For the first time Manu Fernández won a Primera game with him playing at least some minutes. Since 2007 the Asturian had played 16 games and only achieved seven draws, while he had lost the other nine.

And Manu conquered his first win at the elite making his best game at Depor, because he transmitted calm and even had key saves. He made four saves in the game; two of them were really important, the first one was before Léo Baptistăo when the score was still 0-0 (11’). The second was a deflection before Adrián when the score was 0-1 (32’).

5- Clean sheet: For the first time in the second round Depor conquered a clean sheet. Actually the Galicians broke a negative mark of 19 straight matchdays allowing goals. With Víctor’s system working perfectly, the defence didn’t face too many problems, mainly as the defenders were always facing plays in which the situations were under control. Even Laure had time to assist Luis Alberto in an action that hit the post at the beginning of the game.

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